Youth group seeks AMLC investigation on Pharmally controversy

Published January 18, 2022, 3:24 PM

by Gabriela Baron

Youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) has requested the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to initiate motu proprio proceedings to inquire into the bank deposits and covered transactions of personalities involved in the Senate Blue Ribbon hearings to the Pharmally controversy.

(Photo from SPARK)

“It is our view that the executive department, through the Anti-Money Laundering Council, may undertake proceedings against personalities involved in the Pharmally controversies,” SPARK’s letter to AMLC Chairperson Benjamin Diokno, read.

“In the peoples’ quest for accountability amidst the immense impact of the pandemic on the lives of millions of our countrymen, it is only proper for the Council to dig deeper and probe if there were any other violations of our laws. We believe an investigation is in order to determine if indeed there was graft and corrupt practices among those involved,” the letter further read.

The group pointed out violations of Section 3(e) and Section 3(g) of the Republic Act 3019 after cornering almost P12 billion in contracts from the government for medical supplies to address the COVID-19 pandemic, despite starting up only at P625,000.

Among those petitioned by SPARK for the AMLC to look into are the transactions of former Department of Budget and Management Procurement Service Chief Christopher Lloyd Lao, Lincoln Ong, Mohit Dargani, Twinkle Dargani, and Rose Nono Lim.

SPARK claimed that their initiative to seek an AMLC investigation is their contribution to the investigation already underway in the Senate blue ribbon committee.

“With the predicate offense of violations of R.A. No. 3019 in place, we are confident that there should be no impediment for the AMLC to undertake preliminary proceedings on these personalities,” the group asserted.